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Oliver Twist

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Bestselling Books That Became Broadway Bashes

The Great White Way is chock full of productions with origins in literature. In some cases, the stage telling has eclipsed the written version as the cultural mainstay, while others struggled to capture the magic of their paper counterparts. In rare instances, both novel and musical are considered equally brilliant, even if there have been significant changes made between book and Broadway.

Mexican Whiteboy

Teens and the Cultural Experience

An exploration of culture, race, and injustice

Young Adult fiction often proves itself to be well versed in conveying numerous subject matter with broad appeal. Realistic-fiction with an emphasis on the cultural experience is a personal favorite of mine because stories can allow readers to enjoy a shared moment between themselves and the outlined characters on the page. The following titles emphasize teens and the cultural nuances which shape their environment and those who occupy or influence it.  

Mo meta

"Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself..."

Memoirs from the Hip Hop Community

Hip-hop has firmly rooted itself worldwide as an important part of modern day culture. Clothing, vernacular, art and literature have all been influenced by hip-hop culture. As of late, some notable rappers and hip-hop producers have thrown their hat in the literary ring, giving us the stories behind some of their greatest hits. Here are some popular memoirs written by hip-hop notables.

Wizard of Earthsea

Adult Fantasy and Fiction

After getting swept up in the Harry Potter craze a few years ago I started to wonder what adult fantasy novels would be like. I had a hard time finding what I was looking for: a good mix of character development, engaging dialog, well-rendered scenes, and a meaningful use of magic and other genre specialties. I found and read a few classics, but over the last few years a ton of great work has been coming out. I am excited to be sharing some of my favorites with you, both new and old, from the adult fantasy genre.

Black Flag

Jolly Roger Reads

Books About Pirates, Swashbucklers, and other Assorted Buccaneers

Avast, matey! Here be several sea-faring tales of sunken ships, hidden treasures, bloodthirsty corsairs, and a whole heap of scurvy! Everyone likes a good adventure yarn, and pirates, both real and fictional, have had some of the greatest adventures in storytelling. Who hasn’t dreamed of discovering secret chests of gold or tasting the salty sea air as you sail about the tropics?

When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna Marie McLemore

Teens: Check Out LGBTQ YA at the Library!

Looking for a book to read this Pride Month? Check out these LGBTQ YA novels, new and old!

Shooting Women-- Behind the Camera, Around the World

Phenomenal Women

"Women hold up half the sky, but it is the heavier half." (ancient Egyptian Nut; ancient Chinese proverb) "Man is the head, but woman is the neck that turns the head." (South African Proverb) It often is said that "behind every great man, there is a great woman." That is because strong, intelligent men choose strong, intelligent women whose stories often don't get told.

Cover _ Rescue Artist

The Underworld of Art

Books That Take You Into the Secret World of Criminals, Con Artists and International Detectives

Did you hear news of the recent price a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for at auction? Reaching a record for a painting by an American artist, the final sale price was for more than $110 million dollars. The incredible value of art makes it the frequent target of criminals and scam-artists. While there are hundreds of books devoted to the life of famous artists and art history, here are some books in the DC Public Librar

Plant-based eating

Let's Party - Vegan Style

For those of you who are into entertaining or needing to bring some fixings to your next get-together, the vegan cookbooks on this list will help you learn to prepare an easy and healthy feast. Best of all, you and your guests will be stuffing yourselves up with nothing but delish plant-based treats.

Roxane Gay Titles

Roxane Gay Read-Alikes

Author Roxane Gay will be at All Souls Unitarian Church on Tuesday, June 20, in conversation with WAMU's Alicia Montgomery. This free event, part of the Signature Speaker Series, is presented in partnership with Oracle Group and the DC Public Library Foundation.

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